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The Generate-GrabCAD Challenge Winner’s Series: 2nd Place - Carlos Fuentes

We connected with our 2nd place winner from the GrabCAD profile series, Carlos Fuentes.  


carlos_fuentes.png Carlos is a freelance conceptual design engineer for aerospace and defence projects from Arizona.



Here’s a recap of Carlos’ design process, thoughts on Generate and what it was like to participate in the challenge.


What piqued your interest in the Generate - GrabCAD Quadcopter challenge?
Competing for a free subscription to Generate and a cash prize was very attractive. I push my designs pretty far and was curious how Generate would fare. Following the online tutorials was easy and I got the hang of the software rather quickly.

What was your design process?
I started off by running a large number of scenarios, each with their own unique load cases, model envelopes, and material types. That gave me several viable options to use as a base for customizing before importing into a CAD program. The generated mesh was a valuable scale guide that allowed me to build some solid parts for later use in the final design.

Once the solid modeling was complete, I imported both the solid part and the generate mesh into a sculpting software called zbrush. This program allowed me to merge both objects
into one and do some additional refinements until I ended up with the result above.

How did Generate help you create your final design?
Generate pretty much did all the hard work by establishing a design language and simultaneously taking care of the technical aspects to ensure it would function properly in real life. It was like having an assistant that could come back with part designs that were on the same level as free form modeled parts used in automotive applications. It would have taken a considerable amount of time to come up with a design with similar surface features. But with Generate, I was able to knock the design out in a short amount of time.

How would Generate improve your day-to-day work?
I can achieve another level of surface quality by processing my part designs through Generate. I can also create a large number of iterations without having to spend a lot of time creating each version - Generate throws up a bunch of options automatically. I can’t wait to start using it again on my next project!


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Jesse Blankenship

Jesse Blankenship

A pioneer of generative design, Jesse founded Frustum, Inc. in 2014 to usher in a new paradigm of CAD. Recognized for his expertise, Jesse served as a Columbia University (MSAAD-2010) Researcher & Professor, teaching generative design and programming to hundreds of graduate students. Jesse also worked as a Senior Optimization Engineer at Autodesk Research for Additive Manufacturing and Aerospace applications. His work included leading the Optimization of the Airbus 2050 concept plane. As CEO of Frustum, Inc., Jesse has enjoyed growing a profitable and innovative company by establishing strong relationships, commercial agreements and OEM partnerships.